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Manila Water unit to invest nearly P4 billion in Clark facilities

By Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano

A SUBSIDIARY of Manila Water Company, Inc. has committed to invest nearly P4 billion to improve water and wastewater services within the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. The Ayala-controlled parent said in a statement on Thursday that Clark Water Corp. pledged a P3.93-billion investment for the duration of its extended concession agreement with Clark Development Corp. (CDC) or until 2040.

For the first four years of the extended term alone, Clark Water plans to spend P1.06 billion.

“The P3.93-billion capital investment pegged for the whole concession term will be used for various improvements of the company’s water and used water facilities in order to promote the Freeport Zone as an ideal business hub for multinational companies,” Manila Water said in its statement.

This year, Clark Water completed three new deep wells, upgraded booster pumps, and installed generating sets in its water resources to improve and strengthen water supply reliability.

As part of the concession agreement, Clark Water also embarked on a new business plan, which outlines its project roadmap until the end of its concession period.

“The biggest chunk of our investment is allocated to source development for water projects and collection of used water,” Jesus D. Laigo, Clark Water general manager and chief operating officer, said.

Mr. Laigo said source development entails the construction and commissioning of new water sources.

On the other hand, collection of used water involves replacement, reinforcement and construction of new sewer lines.

“At the end of the day, we are all guided by our desire to make the Clark Freeport Zone a top investment haven of choice and making our locators happy,” said Mr. Laigo.

Businessman: Angeles will be a smart city

By Reynaldo G. Navales

ANGELES CITY -- Businessman and technology expert Dennis Anthony Uy has vowed to make this city his laboratory in developing a "smart city" that is technology-driven in its governance systems in revenues and tax collection, traffic management, crime prevention, disaster mitigation, and development planning, among others.

Uy stressed the importance of technology in promoting efficiency and in preventing corruption in government.

"We should now move towards ‘contact-less’ government transactions wherein the public pays taxes, fees or fines for certain violations without having to deal directly with any person related to these transactions," Uy told the Angeles Traffic Management Board during a recent meeting in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC), which shall hold some if its events in Angeles City next year.

Without direct contact, under-the-table deals will be avoided, he said.

He also said that while many cities are now equipped with CCTV cameras, the cameras simply record but do not have "analytic" capabilities that are connected to and can trigger immediate and real time intervention by concerned parties, such as the police in cases of crime.

Uy heads Converge IT Solutions, Inc., a telecommunications company, and several other technology companies, including the Angeles City Cable Television Network (ACCTN), the leading cable and broadband provider in Central Luzon. Uy's Converge is now laying down a nationwide underground fiber-optic based broadband network.

Working with his long-time friend Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City, Uy said that while he has been low-key in most of his projects and business ventures, “I want to take the lead in the case of Angeles City, because this city is where I am rooted.”

Uy is currently completing a geographic information system-based (GIS) map for Angeles City using drone photography for purposes of making more accurate real estate and property delineation, tax mapping, boundary markings, contour determination and the inventory of actual buildings and structures within the city.

He said an underground fiber-optic network is now in place in Angeles City, guaranteeing superfast internet connection directly to homes and offices.

Upon instructions from Pamintuan, Uy will also be putting up free wi-fi connections in key parts of the city, including the business centers, schools and universities, the Heritage District, and other areas.

Uy urged the Angeles City Traffic Board to look beyond the present-day issues but towards the possibilities of up to 20 years from the present. “This early we need to establish the data base from which we can project our future needs,” he said.

“I know that the main problem in accessing technology is the limited budget of local governments. However, because I care about Angeles City, we can come up with a package that allows the city technology access based on its limitations,” he said.

Clark container yard seen to ease Manila port congestion


The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said the establishment of a container yard in the Clark Freeport Zone can help ease the congestion in ports in Manila and Luzon. Clark Development Corp. and CargoHaus recently signed a lease agreement that would allow empty shipping containers from ports in Manila, central and Northern Luzon to be stored in the Clark Freeport Zone. “The container yard in Clark Freeport will help ease congestion in the Manila ports and at the same time help Central Luzon Special Economic Zone locators achieve cost efficient movement of goods,” BCDA president and CEO Arnel Casanova said. Casnova said this is the first container yard to be set up in special economic zone. The three-hectare container yard can accommodate some 20,000 shipping containers. Earlier, CargoHaus Inc chairman Alberto Lina said gradually removing 20 to 40 footer containers off the road by bringing them directly to Clark will ease Metro traffic by 10 percent and will be a big help for the motorists. Congestion at the Manila port has been blamed for an increase in the price of imported goods, particularly fruits and vegetables.

Pamintuan Mansion to house one of PHL's best museums


ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, Aug. 25 (PNA) --The historic Pamintuan Mansion in this city will house one of the country's best museums.

City mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that once the conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion is completed, the future museum will not only house exhibits about elite individuals but also of the life of ordinary individuals living in the country 200 years back.

"The old Pamintuan Mansion will be one of the best museums in the country," he said.

The conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion will be funded by the Embassy of France in the Philippines.

The mayor said the assistance to be extended in the conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion will open the gates of cultural relationship between the Philippines and France.

Once completed, the converted mansion will be known as the Museum of Philippine Social History.

Pamintuan said the uniqueness of the museum will be the display of old textiles used by Filipino designers.

The museum will specifically showcase Filipino textiles which include the display of several clothes and garments worn by ordinary Filipinos, as well as tools and utensils, and even the music of the Filipinos since 1908.

The artifacts to be displayed will come from the catalogue of 740 pieces from Patis Tesoro’s collection, who is a designer of embroidered textile and formal wear fabrics and history advocate here in the country.

One hundred and five textiles and accessories will also come from Tesoro’s collection; 130 from the Silahis collection; five to six textiles from Intramuros; and seven textiles from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines' collection.

The museum will also include a music room, audio-visual room, a museum café, e-learning room which can accommodate 30 students at a time, mediation room for workshops, and a glass elevator for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The Pamintuan Mansion is the ancestral house of the Pamintuan clan, built by Don Mariano Pamintuan, whose prominent members include Tesoro and Mayor Pamintuan.

It was named by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) as one of the country's heritage site.

In the course of the fledgling Philippine Republic's struggle against the United States, President Emilio Aguinaldo temporarily moved the seat of government from Kawit, Cavite to the Pamintuan Mansion.

The historic house changed ownership several times since 1899.

The edifice also served as the town’s municipal hall. Later, the property was acquired by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

With the BSP branch moving to a bigger location in the City of San Fernando in 2010, the BSP decided to turn over the property to the national government, through the Department of Finance by way of a property dividend.

The DOF later transferred the Pamintuan Mansion to the NHCP. (PNA) FPV/ZST/MDDR/PS

FatBoy10s charity to benefit Angeles kids

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- The state-owned Clark Development Corporation (CDC) fully supports the upcoming charity Golf and Rugby tournament of the Pot Bellied Pigs set next month, which will benefit 500 children from six barangays in Angeles City.

CDC president and chief Executive Officer Arthur Tugade said the mammoth charity event from September 5 to 6, which coincides with the FatBoy10s 11th year anniversary, will again be a boon to Clark and the country as it inspires Filipino kids to engage more in sports activities, and motivate people in the community to come up with projects that will create an impact on the country and the world like the one initiated by the Pot Bellied Pigs.

“The creativeness of the FatBoy10s stirs us to be more supportive to the plight of the disadvantaged people particularly children in the community. They started with a small event not for the elite but for the community, with small profits derived from self-help but has grown so powerful and has made a difference,” said Tugade.

“We advocate the same here (at CDC). One of our basic thrusts is to make each citizen useful and productive that is why we have reached out to children with disabilities, increased employment opportunities and mainstreamed the underprivileged like the Aetas to make them valuable townsfolk. These are all part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort,” he added.

According to Richard Lucas, one of the local coordinators of the charity project, the recipients of the feeding program include children from Barangays Malabanias, Anunas, Cuayan, Balibago, Monicayo and Claro M. Recto, all in Angeles City. Sitio Monicayo is comprised mostly of indigenous peoples (IPs).

Lucas said the charity lunch on September 6 at the Holiday Inn coincides with the Rugby Tournament at the Challenger Field here. “After lunch, they (kids) will also watch the actual game and be given free Rugby shirts and other freebies.”

In 2013, he said kids in the Aeta village were given free rugby shoes and uniforms.

Lucas also said that 20 children who are scholars of the FatBoy10s will join the Rugby and golf players at a breakfast table on September 5, where they are expected to share and provide inspiration to their sponsors of 11 years.

On the same day, the kids will likewise have the opportunity to watch members and guests of the Rugby club play golf for a cause at the Mimosa Golf and Country Club. Proceeds of the fund-raising activity will go to the education of children in Angeles City.

Marty Domb, sports coordinator for the foreign players (expats), said a total of 18 teams from Hong Kong and other cities in Asia and Europe, and five local teams will participate in the Rugby tournament.

He urged everyone to watch the game and understand how and why the FatBoy10s achieved and sustained global support for the charitable activities it has undertaken in Angeles City and in other countries in Asia and Europe for 11 years.

In Angeles City alone, Lucas said the annual rugby charity tournament has inspired many young boys to join in the weekly training being conducted by the Rugby Football club in the country. At least 50 children, 14 years and below are being trained on the techniques of the game and are groomed to compete in rugby tournaments in the future.

The Rugby Football union also conducts house-to-house activity in remote villages to get more kids to learn the game and become part of the growing Rugby family.

A weekly training from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parade Grounds here is also being conducted for young boys who want to develop their skills in Rugby.

“We are preparing to have our own league from Angeles that is why we are getting more young boys to practice and love rugby,” said Lucas.

First ever PH museum of social history to open in Angeles

By Ian Ocampo Flora

ANGELES CITY -- The historic Pamintuan Mansion will soon be opened to the public as a newly converted museum of social heritage, the first of its kind in the Philippines.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that the facility will be managed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

"This facility will be able to showcase the history, art and culture of ordinary Filipinos, even Angelenos. We are very excited because we expect an influx of 10,000 tourists from the opening of the facility," Pamintuan said, adding that the city has undertaken efforts to make the area conducive for tourists and visitors.

Pamintuan said that the city government is in full support of the facility. He added that he encourages donors of historical artifacts to give to the museum collection.

Some of the main highlights of the museum are the showcases of different textiles indigenous to the country. Some of the collections that will be seen are from Patis Tesoro’s private collection, the Central Bank’s, Robert Lane of Silahis Arts and Artifacts collection, and the NHCP collection.

The museum plans to open this November 2014 and will feature exhibits of different artworks, culinary exhibit, music exhibit, and more. An E-learning room will also be added as well as a glass elevator for the elderly and differently abled people.

Thousands gather for 2nd Media Congress

By Emmanuel Panti(AUF Intern)

ANGELES CITY -- Some 2,000 aspiring journalists from the Angeles University Foundation (AUF), Holy Angel University, Pampanga State Agricultural University and neighboring schools from across the region gathered on Friday for the Second Media Congress at the AUF Sports and Cultural Center here.

GMA News Network veteran broadcast journalists Mike Enriquez and Ivan Mayrina, together with actor and Yes Pinoy Foundation founding chair Dingdong Dantes were among the guest speakers during the congress themed “Youth and Ethics for National Development.”

During the forum, Enriquez told the communications students that the “media people are not evil and monsters” as portrayed by some people and that “credibility is the key” in becoming a good and trusted journalist.

“Credibility is the key for one who aspires to become a trusted journalist who serves the people and our country. Media people are not evil or monsters as some look at us because we serve and report only the truth. So if you want to become good journalists, you must have good values and virtues and deliver great service,” he said.

Mayrina who was born in Angeles City and attended school at AUF, for his part, shared his idea about social media. He gave guidelines and reminders to fully grasp the idea of what social media has to offer.

“You just have to think before you click,” he said, stressing that the upsides and downsides of posting in social networking sites such as “Facebook” should be done with cautioun and responsibility.

Meanwhile, Dantes who was accompanied by fiancée Marian Rivera, encouraged the students to take part in Yes Pinoy Foundation’s campaign in establishing strong pillars to support education as “a vessel for the youth to provide promising service in the future for everyone in the country.

Toll roads boost logistics industry

By : Ray S. Eñano

The emir of Kuwait may have seen the vast economic potential of three independent toll roads in western, central and northern Luzon linking up with one other and reducing travel time by half. The seamless travel is making Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga province the perfect logistics hub as originally designed by state planners.

A logistics hub thrive along major toll roads, as the experience in the United States, Europe and other developed countries showed. The completion of the 88.85-kilometer, four-lane Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway sometime next year will complete the interconnection of North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. It will make Clark the ideal logistics hub from where a company can manage the supply chain and move goods with ease to the Subic port in the west, to the northern gateway in Pangasinan and La Union provinces and to the capital region in the south.

Proponents of the $3-billion Sabah Al-Ahmad Global Gateway Logistics City in Clark Freeport Zone, named after the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad, are rushing the completion of the project that is expected to generate over 300,000 jobs.

The development calls for 177-mixed used projects near the Clark International Airport. Global Gateway Development Corp. is stepping up the completion to take advantage of the Luzon’s three major toll roads.

GGDC was originally founded by The Port Fund, a private equity fund managed by KGL Investment Co.. KGLI is a private equity investment company focusing on development and investments in infrastructure, logistics and transport, oil and gas, energy and power and other diversified sectors in the Middle East, Asia and emerging markets.

KGLI’s main managed investments in the Philippines is Sabah Al-Ahmad Global Gateway Logistics City and a stake in the 2GO Group and Negros Navigation. KGLI, which has investments in the Philippines since mid-2008, has established management teams based in both Metro Manila and in Clark.

Sabah Al-Ahmad GGLC is being envisioned to be a state-of-art commercial and logistics aerotropolis built to the highest environmental standards. Once completed, the project will have a total of 5.8 million square meters of floor space.

GGDC said it was committed to accelerating work on the Sabah Al-Ahmad Global Gateway Logistics City, which has been recognized as one of the Top 100 global infrastructure projects of 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Washington-based CG/LA, a leader in infrastructure project identification and development.

GGDC has invested over $100 million in the project to date with another $150 million in planned investments by the end of 2015. GGDC’s investments to date include the development of world-class horizontal infrastructure, including over 30 hectares of fully developed lot inventory and the pre-leasing of a world-class 20,000 sq. m. hospital, now currently 95 percent complete, to The Medical City, a leading Philippine and regional healthcare operator.

GGDC said it also expects to finish by the end of 2015 five office towers with a gross floor area of 145,000 sq. m., a retail and gas plaza and a hotel and serviced apartment complex. The complexes are exepcted to generate jobs to 15,000 Filipinos in the region.

The whole GGLC project will entail investment of over $3 billion in new facilities, providing direct employment to more than 3,000 construction and trade workers at the peak of the project’s development. Once completed, the project will generate employment opportunities to over 300,000 workers with $600 million in annual payroll for entry-level employees alone.

GGDC, meanwhile, reiterated its commitment to finance the construction of the hospital project to broaden the brand of The Medical City.

Another Alliance Select complainant

For almost two and a half months now, the Securities and Exchange Commission has failed to give attention to a complaint against a corporation that refused to recognize the right of its stockholders.

The management of Alliance Select Food International Inc. barred a stockholder from attending a regular annual meeting, prompting him to file a complaint with the SEC.

Necisto Sytengco of Quezon City, a minority stockholder of ASFI, told the SEC in a letter that he went to the scheduled regular stockholders’ meeting on June 16, 2014, accompanied by his lawyer, Fred Bathan. He was barred from entering the meeting by two “burly security guards.”

Seeking for an explanation as his right as stockholder was being violated, a lawyer from the ACCRA Law intervened but Sytengco was still refused entry.

ASFI lawyers asked the poor stockholder to challenge the company’s act in the appropriate courts.

Sytengco said he filed his letter complaint on June 17, a day after the incident and sent a follow-up letter on July 7, 2014. “Until now no word from the SEC on my complaint has been heard,” he said.

The law requires government officials to take action within 15 days on complaints from the public.

3-hectare container depot opens at Clark

By : Ding Cervantes

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – A three-hectare container depot has been opened here to decongest the Port of Manila and other ports in Northern and Central Luzon.

“This is the first container yard ever in an eco-zone, and this is the first time in the history of CDC that we will be addressing issues on clogged ports and traffic congestion apart from settling the concerns of our locators,’’ Clark Development Corp. president and chief executive officer Arthur Tugade said.

The operation of the depot started on Friday following the signing of a lease agreement by Tugade and CargoHaus Inc. chairman Alberto Lina and president Rudy Fulo.

He said the lease deal mandates the use of the Freeport property near the airport as storage house of empty containers shipped from Subic to Metro Manila, Southern, Central and Northern Luzon and vice versa.

Specific routes are also provided to trailers transporting the empty containers to avoid traffic along the MacArthur highway or other national highways.

Lina said the depot is seen to ease traffic in Metro Manila by 10 percent as well as double the savings of importers from Clark to Manila, Bulacan and other Luzon areas, as they do not have pay much for gas, parking and cargo fees.

Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) president Arnel Paciano Casanova lauded the strengthened partnership between CDC and CargoHaus.

“We at BCDA take pride that our family in Clark is doing well in uplifting our economy. You have seen how Clark has grown so fast and achieved a historical target that is not known before. Hopefully others will follow suit,’’ Casanova said.

Water rates in Clark down by P1

By : Tonette Orejas

The state-owned Clark Development Corp. (CDC) has cut the cost of water in Clark Freeport by P1 per cubic meter effective Sept. 1., making the rates one of the cheapest in Central Luzon, an official said. Aside from agreeing to revise the water tariff, the Ayala-led Clark Water Corp. (CWC) also committed to infuse P1 billion in 2015 and P6 billion in the next five years to improve and expand its facilities in this 4,400-hectare free port, which hosts Clark International Airport, CDC president Arthur Tugade said in a media briefing on Friday. Tugade said this was the first time that water rates in Clark are being reduced. Jesus Laigo, CWC chief operating officer, said the utility had spent P1.4 billion in capital expenditures since 2000, enabling it to produce 30 million liters of water daily for 1,975 customers of which 375 are commercial and industrial establishments. Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

BCDA launches bidding for first phase of Clark Green City

By : Darwin G. Amojelar,

MANILA - State-owned Bases Conversion and Development (BCDA) is inviting local and foreign real state developers for the long-term lease and development of the first phase of the Clark Green City.

In an invitation to bid, BCDA said prospective bidders may submit their expression of interest on or before September 19 for the 1,250 hectares of Clark Green City Phase 1.

The 50-year lease is renewable for another 25 years.

The Clark Green City is a 9,450-hectare master planned property within the Clark Special Economic Zone, which straddles the provinces of Pampanga and Tarlac. The property is envisioned to become the country's first smart, green and disaster resilient metropolis.

Based on its Master Development Plan, Clark Green City will have five dedicated districts: the government district; the central business district; the academic district; the agri-forestry research and development district; and the wellness and eco-tourism district.

BCDA recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of the Philippines that would establish a global campus for the premier state university in Clark Green City and serve as the anchor for the city’s “Brain Capital.”

The UP global campus is envisioned to spur innovation, technology, research and development, and human capital.

Likewise, BCDA also began the process of building the country’s most modern food processing hub and cold storage facilities to ensure food security and access of Philippine agricultural products to the global food market.

The Clark Green City Food Processing Terminal Project aims to attract investors from the private sector, local government units and other associations and cooperatives to invest in managing storage and other infrastructure and facilities for processing, handling, distribution of agri-fishery products using integrated research development and technology to be set up in District 4 of Clark Green City.

It will consolidate food supply chain and post-harvest production system of agri-fisheries, such as fruits, vegetables, and livestock for Northern and Central Luzon, Metro Manila and even neighboring countries.

Clark Green City is near the Clark International Airport and just a mere 30 minutes from the deep-sea port of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

Upon full development, Clark Green City is estimated to contribute P1.57 trillion per year to the Philippine economy and will create 925,000 jobs.

Pampanga gov wages all-out war vs illegal drugs, substance abuse

By Ashley Manabat / Correspondent

CLARK FREEPORT—The war against illegal drugs in Pampanga has now taken a new twist, with Gov. Lilia Pineda personally leading the fight.

A combative Pineda has had enough with the rising criminality mainly due to substance abuse, as she challenged barangay officials, acknowledged as front liners in the war versus illegal drugs, to be brave enough to stand their grounds and even lay down their lives if needed.

“Handa ba kayong mamatay? Natatakot ba kayo [Are you ready to die? Are you afraid]?” asked Pineda, as she challenged barangay officials from Pampanga’s first district to go all-out in the fight against illegal drugs during the Dangerous Drugs and Peace and Order Summit at the Oxford Hotel here over the weekend.

“Iilan lang sila, marami tayo. Pag ang isang barangay nagkaisa, kung sino man ang papasok na pusher sa kanilang barangay dudumugin ng taong baryo, sigurado hindi na siya babalik sa inyong barangay. Kailangan lang po ang suporta ng inyong mga ka-barangay [There are just a few of them. If the whole barangay is united, then anybody who comes in as pusher in your barangay will be overwhelmed by your barriomates and, for sure, he will no longer come back again. You only need the support of your barriomates],” Pineda said.

The governor said she is not happy with the report of Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao of the First District of Pampanga, who organized the summit, that some P2 billion is allocated for the district, earmarked for projects and development. She said the rising criminality due to illegal drugs has negated the progress that has been achieved by the province.

“Nagsasabi siya [Guiao] na mayroon siyang darating na pondo, P2-billion project, pero hindi ako masaya dahil aanhin mo ang project, aanhin mo ang development kung nasisira ang ating mga kabataan ngayon na nagiging user o pusher sila. Sayang lang po. [He was saying that he has some P2 billion for projects, but I am not happy because what will you do with the projects, what will you do with development if the youths are becoming users and pushers. It’s all a waste],” Pineda said.

“Hindi na po tama. Dumadami ang kriminalidad dahil sa drugs [This is no longer right. There is an increase in criminality because of drugs],” Pineda said.

At one point, Pineda even admonished Mabalacat City Mayor Marino Morales for the rising criminality in his city. Mabalacat has been projected by a report from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Arturo C. Cacdac Jr. in the same forum as having the highest crime rate in Pampanga and incidence of drug abuse.

“Hindi tayo dapat susuko [Let’s not give up the fight],” Pineda told Morales, who was seated at the presidential table with her, Guiao, Cacdac, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Angeles City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Omar Viola, Board members Cherry Manalo and Cris Garbo, Central Luzon Police director Chief Supt. Raul Delfin Petrasanta, Pampanga Police Director Senior Supt. Marlon Madrid, Angeles City Police Director Senior Supt. Eden Ugale and Psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Gene Ponio.

“Hindi natin pwede sabihin mataas talaga [crime]. Ang mas maganda sabay ang peace and order at maunlad ang syudad (We cannot say it’s really high. What is best is peace and order matched with a progressive city),” Pineda told Morales.

“Ito po ang ating sinumpaan, na itong pinaka malalang problema na ito kailangan po tayong mag trabaho dahil sinisira na po ang ating mga anak [This is our sworn duty, to stop this worsening problem, we should work harder because it is destroying our children],” the governor said. Pineda also said she will now order the more than 10,000 bantay bayan (village watchmen) in the province to undergo training and seminar to serve as augmentation force to the police since they are in the frontline in the war against illegal drugs.

She lamented that there are only more than 1,000 policemen in the province who watch over its more than two million population.

For his part, Viola said there is a 90-percent success for the voluntary drug rehabilitation program in court. He said when suspected drug users learn of the 14 years imprisonment for illegal drug possession, they opt for voluntary rehabilitation.

Viola also wants to strengthen the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council with local legislations that would increase the number of convictions.

The executive judge said village watchmen, who conduct citizen’s arrest should execute an affidavit, which is necessary for court proceedings and at the same time make an inventory of the illegal drugs confiscated from the suspects.

CDC completes infra for Apec

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has completed several infrastructure projects including the makeover of the Clark Parade Grounds in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next year.

The CDC Engineering, Construction and Maintenance Department (ECMD) stated that the improvements include the exterior re-painting works of the CDC Health Office, Clark Museum, Public Safety Department and Chapel 2 at the commercial area.

The Clark’s parks and playground equipment at the Bi-Centennial Park and Children’s Park were refurbished while the streetlights were replaced to LED-based lights.

Improvements were likewise undertaken on the drainage system along the locators area, which is comprised of almost 700 members.

In addition to these, the ECMD has provided 26 sets of trash bins and 11 sets of barbeque grill to be distributed around the parade grounds.

The Engineering department said these are included in the 22 maintenance related projects accomplished by the CDC-ECMD from January to July this year.

Two major projects were completed last early this year including the 120 meter Haduan Brigde, which connects village to Clark, and the erection of a Community Health Center.

The CDC spent some P7.5-million for the infrastructure projects.

Get a full-fledged weekend vacation–a few hours from the metro

By Feliciano Rodriguez III |Philippine Daily Inquirer

For a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, a quick trip to Holiday Inn Clark in Pampanga may just be the best idea for yourself or your family. It’s just an hour-and-a-half drive from Metro Manila (Nlex, then Sctex), yet Holiday Inn Clark is far enough to be secluded from the noise of urban life; it can be a refreshing experience. The room we got is clean, very cool and furnished with a fridge, coffee maker and a big flat-screen cable TV. It’s for people who just want to leave home, cuddle up in a comfy bed and read a book through the weekend.

Outdoor activities But for the more active, there’s a shortlist of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in the leisure and sightseeing destinations at Clark Freeport Zone. Nayong Pilipino has relocated here—six hectares of land showcasing the beauty and richness of Philippine culture. Bring the kids to soak up Filipino art, music and literature. Zoocobia Fun Zoo is just a half-hour ride from the hotel; if you enjoy feeding birds, monkeys and horses, this is the place. It’s one of the few zoos where you can have a truly personal interaction with the animals.

Gravity Kart racing, also available in Zoocobia, is a guaranteed treat for the kids (or the kids at heart). Dinosaur Island, with its animatronic dinos, is also an attractive option for the young ones. The nearby El Kabayo Riding stables provide a fun activity for playing cowboy. Mouthwatering steaks After a day of exploring the expansive Clark Freeport Zone, you can relax at Holiday Inn Clark’s lagoon-shaped swimming pool.

When it’s time for dinner, the Rodizio Rooftop Grill and its grilled-to-perfection steaks can satisfy even the most carnivorously inclined patron. Imagine giant skewers of different meats served at your table; you can slice off as much meat as you want. Mouthwatering! Breakfast at Mequeni Restaurant is a must-try. A mixed buffet of Filipino and international dishes is served, a grand finale for your quick weekend getaway. Individuals or families who prefer not to bring cars may arrange, for a fee, transport provisions to Clark from either Holiday Inn Galleria in Ortigas or its new branch, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati. Holiday Inn is still the go-to place for business travelers and remains the world’s most recognizable hotel brand. With the opening of its Makati branch, it now has three strategically placed hotels in the Philippines.

Manila Water secures 15-year extension to Clark water concession

By Euan Paulo C. Anonuevo,

MANILA – Manila Water Co Inc has received an extension to the company's water and wastewater concession in the Clark Economic Zone in Angeles, Pampanga.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Manila Water said the company's wholly-owned subsidiary Clark Water Corp signed an amendment to its March 2000 concession agreement with Clark Development Corp (CDC).

The amendment extends Clark Water's original 25-year concession by another 15 years that will end on October 21, 2040.

Clark Water, in return, will invest an additional P5 billion to improve and to expand water and wastewater services in the freeport.

The company will recover the amount from locators of CDC and residents in the service area through future adjustments to the concessionaire's water rates.

In the first six months of the year, Clark Water's net income rose 9 percent to P53 million from P49 million in the same period in 2013.

Clark Water had 1,971 connections, up 2 percent from 1,932; and total billed volume of 5.5 million cubic meters (mcm), an increase of 17 percent from 4.7 mcm over the same period last year.

Clark based-Chinese auto manufacturer in need of 100 professionals, skilled workers


CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, August 14 (PIA) -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has spearheaded a special recruitment activity that seeks to assist unemployed Filipinos, new graduates, skilled workers and even professionals land a job in the Freeport-based Chinese automotive manufacturing firm Foton Motor Philippines Inc. (FMPI).

At least 360 applicants from different parts of the region, with some of them supported by their respective local officials, flocked to the Multi-purpose Hall, Clark Museum 6 to enlist and get interviews from personnel of FMPI and the CDC.

Among the positions up for grabs were those for the after-sales service, heavy equipment, human resource, Office of the President, parts, plant operations, production operations division, marketing, and Special Project Group.

Mary Ann Zacarias, FMPI Assistant Vice President for Human Resource and Development, said welders, drivers, accountants and engineers are among the top occupations needed at the new plant, which will be fully operational by January 2015.

“Those hired will be called for examination and trade test at our plant in Valenzuela. Once they passed the test, they will be temporarily deployed there until the plant in Clark is ready,’’ she explained.

Other hired applicants will also have the opportunity to visit Foton Motors’ main plant in China, and as well be deployed in other Asian countries where the automotive industry intends to expand its business.

“Our 2020 vision is that we will be visible in five continents and that we will have at least three factories in each of this. So the hiring of workers is not just for today or next year given our plans for expansion,’’ she added.

Zacarias said the company is pleased that it is able to help unemployed residents in Clark and nearby areas through the provision of jobs for its new factory in Clark.

Meanwhile, Angelo ‘Sonny’ Lopez Jr., CDC External Affairs Manager, hailed the officials and staff of FMPI for the productive job fair and for involving CDC in their noble cause.

“We take our hats off to Foton Motor Phils for the success of the job fair. The hired applicants will soon become part of the Clark workforce, who will help drive the industry and the local economy,’’ he said.

Lopez likewise praised some local government officials and representatives of different districts in Pampanga and Tarlac who joined their constituents in the job fair and monitored the one-day activity.

“This is one way of showing our constituents that if we teach them how to fish, they will surely learn to fish. This approach of assisting our people in finding jobs will also help us do away with ‘dole-outs,’ which had become a source of corruption in the government,’’ he added. (CDC) - See more at:

P2.3M child development center to rise in Angeles City


ANGELES CITY, August 13 (PIA) -- A child development center worth P2.3 million will soon be constructed in Angeles City to cater to the needs of children ages zero to four years.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC) Executive Director Teresita Inciong recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of the National Child Development Center (NCDC).??

It will be built inside the City Hall Compound in Barangay Pulung Maragul.??

Pamintuan together with City Gender and Development Officer Purita Pineda-David, City Engineer Don Dizon and the City Treasurer's Office accepted the check funding from Inciong.

“We thank the ECCDC headed by Dr. Teresita G. Inciong for fully trusting Angeles City and the ‘Agyu Tamu!’ administration for this project. This is another proof that our Gender and Development (GAD) advocacy and related issues like child care are being acknowledge and given proper credit by the national government,” Pamintuan said.?

ECCDC is a government agency that was created via Republic Act 10410 to institutionalize a national system for early childhood care and development that is comprehensive, integrative and sustainable and which involve multi-sectoral, and interagency collaboration at the national and local levels to promote the optimum growth and development of young children.

Based on the MOA, the ECCDC will provide the funds for the NCDC building with its plans and specifications, monitor the implementation, and concur the certificate of completion.??

ECCDC shall likewise hire, train and pay the services of child development teachers for the first year of implementation.??

The MOA stipulated that the Angeles City Government will receive funds for the main project from ECCDC, implement it based on prescribed specifications and in accordance with the government procurement act, and submit to the ECCDC all liquidation and reports.??

A playground around the NCDC shall also be built as counterpart of the city government for children of residents and visitors of Angeles City.??

The center, which shall be administered by the Mayor's Office through the GAD Office, may also serve as day care center for the children of city government employees as well as for the residents of nearby barangays.

Grant from the ECCDC was finalized early this year after a series of meetings and seminars in 2013 wherein the city's GAD office led by Pineda-David was an active participant. (Angeles CIO)

Guardians air protest against Angeles dumpsite

By Reynaldo G. Navales

ANGELES CITY -- Some officers and members of the Guardian Brotherhood International Unified Command expressed strong opposition against the continuance of a dumpsite in Barangay Pampang here.

The group said the foul odor emitted by the garbage dump affects the residents’ health and the environment.

Guardians Sonny Dobles (Founder Snake), Bryan Buan (Founder El Kapitan), Andy Panlaqui (Founder Kidlat) and other members of the organization went to the area carrying a banner, which said, "This mountain of garbage is destroying the environment and the health of our people. This is a violation of RA 9003."

Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act prohibits open dumpsites, said Dobles.

"The group decided to protest the irresponsible dumping of garbage in this area that is causing foul odor almost in every barangays in this city which people believe is hazardous to their health and to the environment," Dobles said.

He added that the group is planning to lodge a formal complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman for violation of RA 9003.

"We will ask our lawyers which officials will be included in the case. Pero nung akung kukutnan, nung sakaling mag-file kami dapat retang anggang officials a responsible ketang dumpsite including the mayor, city environment officer, barangay captain, and the owner of the lot," Dobles said.

Angeles to have P2.3M child development center


ANGELES CITY -- A child development center worth some P2.3 million will soon be constructed in Angeles City to cater to the needs of children aged zero to four years.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC) Executive Director Teresita Inciong recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of the National Child Development Center (NCDC) recently. The NCDC will be built inside the City Hall Compound in Barangay Pulung Maragul.

Pamintuan, together with City Gender and Development Officer Purita Pineda-David, City Engineer Don Dizon and the City Treasurer's Office accepted the check funding from Inciong.

"We thank the ECCDC headed by Dr. Teresita Inciong for fully trusting Angeles City and the 'Agyu Tamu!' administration for this project. This is another proof that our Gender and Development (GAD) advocacy and related issues like child care are being acknowledge and given proper credit by the national government," Pamintuan said.

ECCDC is a government agency that was created via Republic Act 10410 to institutionalize a national system for early childhood care and development that is comprehensive, integrative and sustainable and which involves multi-sectoral, and interagency collaboration at the national and local levels to promote the optimum growth and development of young children.

Based on the MOA, the ECCDC will provide the funds for the NCDC building with its plans and specifications, monitor the implementation, and concur the certificate of completion.

ECCDC shall likewise hire, train and pay the services of child development teachers for the first year of implementation.

The MOA stipulated that the Angeles City Government will receive funds for the main project from ECCDC, implement it based on prescribed specifications and in accordance with the government procurement act, and submit to the ECCDC all liquidation and reports.

A playground around the NCDC shall also be built as counterpart of the city government for children of residents and visitors of Angeles City.

The center, which shall be administered by the Mayor's Office through the GAD Office, may also serve as day care center for the children of city government employees as well as for the residents of nearby barangays.

Grant from the ECCDC was finalized early this year after a series of meetings and seminars in 2013 wherein the city's GAD office led by Pineda-David was an active participant.

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